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Women in Wrestling: Leaders Reflect on Experience in WSLA Program

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (March 1) -- Some of wrestling's up-and-coming leaders last week completed the Women's Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches Program. Clarissa CHUN (USA), Lotta ANDERSSON JOHANSSON (NOR), Diletta GIAMPICCOLO (HUN/ITA) and Jessica MEDINA (USA) were each successful at graduating from the groundbreaking leadership program.  

An assortment of IF's teamed up with the IOC's Olympic Solidarity program to offer the 14-month WSLA program for a limited number of high-performance coaches. The program was in direct support of Recommendation 6 of the IOC's Gender Equality Review Project, which seeks to increase the share of female coaches at the Olympic Games.  

United World Wrestling was the instigator among five other International Federations to drive this first initiative of its kind for the development of women in coaching.    

 The coaches developed skills in many areas through the program, including developing effective leadership skills to further their development as coaches and leaders in wrestling. They completed activities and projects on their own throughout the 14-month program and spent the final two months attending multiple online sessions. The coaches also worked with a leadership mentor from WSLA and a sport-specific mentor to help improve specific leadership and sport specific competencies. 

The women who participated in the program recently reflected on the experience.  

Clarissa Chun: "The Zulu word 'Ubuntu' means I am because of you, you are because of me. This philosophy helps describe my experience in the Women's Sports Leadership Academy High-Performance Coaches Program. The program brought global perspectives, which sparked creative ways of working together. We expanded our leadership and communication skills and laid the foundation of a support network that will continue to grow as we share ideas and experiences beyond the WSLA program. Mahalo to everyone involved in the WSLA HPC Program. I would also like to extend my appreciation to United World Wrestling, USA Wrestling, and Olympic Solidarity in supporting my development as a coach."  

 Lotta Andersson: "The greatest thing for me about being a part of the WSLA program is meeting all of these strong motivated and successful female coaches from different sports from different parts of the world. I have a greater understanding of how important it is to have a strong network around you for support, motivation, and cooperation. Getting more and more women as coaches and leaders involved in high-performance cultures is important for the future. I think this means that more athletes also see the opportunity to continue living with sports as a profession. I also think it is important to make women realize that you can be just as good whether you have a male or female coach."  

Diletta Giampiccolo: "The greatest gift the WSLA program gave me was the realization that I am not alone as a woman in the sports world. Since 25 women coaches in 6 Olympic sports from 5 continents participated in the program, I felt that I was a part of a great community. It made me realize that regardless of where you live and work as a woman, we all deal with the same problems. The WSLA program has taught me to reach out for help and if we work together nothing is impossible."  

Jessica Medina: "I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to join the WSLA program. The course focused on key leadership skills that translate directly into high performance coaching. I was able to build a network of 25 coaches from 23 countries in 6 sports. We had the same challenges and we were able to support one another in overcoming obstacles including the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm grateful to United World Wrestling and the IOC for the support they have extended in supporting female coaches. The future is bright!"  

The WSLA Leadership program was renewed for another year with dates to be defined in the coming months. Scholarship applications for interested individuals and NFs will be sent in due time.

For more information on the activities of the United World Wrestling development department check out www.unitedworldwrestling.org/development
 

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Italy Hosts UWW level I Coaching Course

By United World Wrestling Press

OSTIA, Italy (December 30) -- With the support of United World Wrestling, a UWW level 1 wrestling course took place in Ostia-Italy from December 13 to 19, 2021. It benefited around thirty coaches from all regions of Italy and practicing in all clubs. But more than anything, the Italian wrestling federation seized the opportunity of this training to train its local experts with the aim of using them in its next dynamic of promotion of the federal education which it intends to put in place very soon. Thus, around thirty club coaches from all regions were invited to set up the new system.

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Applied to the train-the-trainer method, the training of these local experts focused on approaches and tools to boost coach training practices based on building professional skills. Fun and creative activities, the use of authentic documents and the development of communication skills based on an andragogical approach served as the substance instilled in these local experts.

Driven by a real desire to set up a new training system, the Italian wrestling federation has officially appointed seven trainers to carry out the first training session under the leadership of Vincent AKA

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Applied to the train-the-trainer method, the training of these local experts focused on approaches and tools to boost coach training practices based on building professional skills. Fun and creative activities, the use of authentic documents and the development of communication skills based on an andragogical approach served as the substance instilled in these local experts.

This training action for local experts is part of a global project to strengthen the training capacity of local experts. Implemented by United World Wrestling, the establishment of the new training project for local experts, this project also plans to build a national training system on 3 levels within the federation which will be connected to a national level recognized by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI)

With this new base, the Italian wrestling federation is now initiating an in-depth change and positioning itself as one of the main organizations which uses international standards in terms of training as a reference (ranking series, international tournaments, world championships, training coaches, referees… etc.…) and, in this regard, shows its willingness to rely on the good practices developed by United World Wrestling.